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In this YouTube video, Allan Casey (Sheep Breeding Specialist) demonstrates how to perform a physical examination of rams. In all breeding flocks there are rams that are poor performers, either with physical abnormalities likely to interfere with semen quality or serving ability, or with poor libido. These rams must be identified and removed so that ewes have the best chance of conceiving to service in their first oestrus, thus shortening the lambing period and aiding management at lambing and at marking. The prevalence of physical abnormalities, particularly abnormalities of the testis, epididymis and penis, increases with age. All rams should be checked when determining replacement requirements and again before joining. All rams should be physically examined before purchase.